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Power Rankings - Desert Dogs?

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There’s an increasingly pronounced paradox in Phoenix with respect to the franchise’s off-ice direction and it’s on-ice product.

While more and more reports indicating the Coyotes are bleeding bucks surface, the young team has bound together and have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Captain Shane Doan is having a terrific year, while an assortment of high draft picks are gaining valuable experience and making noticeable contributions.

A key factor down the home stretch will be the play of Olli Jokinen. The big center missed six games with an upper-body injury earlier this season and hasn’t produced to his point-per-game potential while in the lineup.

A spike in his output and improved results on the power play would go a long way in helping Phoenix nail down a post-season berth.

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TEAM

LW

OVERALL

L10

THE SCOOP

1

2

29-7-5

8-1-1

Have won six in a row to reclaim top spot in the power rankings

2

1

31-7-4

8-2-0

Reports indicate Patrice Bergeron's concussion isn't nearly as serious as the one he sustained last year

3

3

31-5-5

6-2-2

With a 1.87 GAA, .927 save percentage and a 9-1-1 record, Brian Boucher has to be the best goalie who's clearly No. 2 on his team

4

6

25-12-4

8-1-1

Daymond Langkow has picked up his play of late, notching 14 points in his past 10 games

5

8

25-10-6

8-1-1

Line of Maxim Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse and Tom Kostopoulos has really stepped up with injured bodies out of the lineup

6

5

23-10-7

6-4-0

After signing Cristobal Huet away from Washington, do you think the Hawks could peddle Nikolai Khabibulin to the goalie-starved Caps? The veteran Russian has been awesome this year

7

9

23-10-9

5-2-3

Philly is getting a nice year from Scott Hartnell, who is on pace for a career-high 58 points

8

4

27-13-3

7-3-0

It's just hard to believe Brent Johnson and Jose Theodore can carry this team in the playoffs

9

11

22-17-5

4-4-2

Anaheim, along with Colorado, hasn't lost a game it led after two periods this season

10

10

25-15-4

4-4-2

Have to be excited by a potential 20-goal campaign from 23-year-old Ryan Callahan

11

7

24-15-3

5-5-0

Brendan Shanahan will be 40 before month's end, but his shot can still help a power play

12

13

21-17-5

5-4-1

Both Ilya Bryzgalov (.916) and Mikael Tellqvist (.913) have healthy save percentages

13

17

20-18-4

6-4-0

Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who'll be on the move at some point, would be a nice addition to the league's worst power play

14

20

20-16-6

5-3-2

Racking up some wins against soft teams, but need to prove they can beat the big boys, too

15

14

21-16-5

5-3-2

Ryan Miller has won four of his past five starts despite seeing an average of almost 37 shots per game over that span

16

12

21-17-5

6-4-0

Right now, Ray Whitney is the only Cane on pace to hit 70 points this season

17

15

22-14-5

3-5-2

Mats Sundin has watched two game-winners scored against the Canucks from the penalty box

18

16

20-19-4

2-8-0

It seemed Marc-Andre Fleury really turned a corner last spring, but he's fighting the puck once again

19

24

22-19-1

6-4-0

Andrew Raycroft's seven-game winning streak has Avs back in the playoff hunt

20

19

20-18-3

4-5-1

Special teams continue to be a strength, but Wild are being outscored in 5-on-5 situations

21

21

20-18-3

6-4-0

In his first game as an Oiler, Ryan Potulny picks up two assists in a 2-1 win over St. Louis

22

18

17-17-6

5-3-2

Team has improved, no doubt, but still hasn't fully clicked into gear

23

26

12-19-10

5-4-1

If Vincent Lecavalier goes on the block, the Bolts have to hit a home run on the deal

24

23

17-18-6

4-6-0

The Kings' winning percentage when falling behind after one period is .105

25

25

19-20-3

3-7-0

Great to see little Stevie Sullivan back playing after nearly two full years on the sidelines

26

28

16-22-3

4-6-0

Coach Andy Murray knows his team is short on talent, but isn't happy with inconsistent efforts

27

22

16-20-6

3-7-0

If the bottom is indeed falling out, it's the best thing that could happen to Toronto

28

29

14-24-5

3-6-1

Thrashers still don't know what to expect from Kari Lehtonen on a nightly basis

29

27

13-21-6

2-7-1

This season has left the coach looking like Craig 'Broken' Hartsburg

30

30

12-26-4

2-7-1

Rick DiPietro has missed three straight games with swelling in his knee; in other news, the sun is expected to rise tomorrow

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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